“A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound?”
— Charles Baudelaire, 1859
If you ask a photographer how to make a good portrait, 9 out of 10 will respond: “build a connection with the person being photographed”.
But, what happen if the photographer doesn’t know nothing about the person? Is it possible build a connection without know about occupation, family, background?
I asked some people to refer friends, relatives, colleagues, anyone to a studio where I produced a portrait while we were talking. It didn’t matter age, sex, language. The more diverse and interesting the person, the more fun and intriguing the experience is.
The rule is: there were no questions about names, family, work, just about the persona’s core, his skills, his favorite movie, the person can sing, tell me a joke. In addition, the person could bring a friend or any other person we wish to invite.
What I want with this assignment? I want know nice people, have some laughs, learn about someone and about myself… and of course, have some beautiful portraits.